Univ. of Arkansas student receives Udall Scholarship

Osage tribal member Elise Clote is one of 48 students in the 2015 class of Udall Scholars.

Clote, of Glendale, Mo., was selected from 464 candidates nominated by 222 colleges and universities from around the country.

The Morris K. and Stewart L. Udall Scholarship Foundation awards 50 merit-based scholarships of up to $5,000 and 50 honorable mentions to college sophomores and juniors who have demonstrated outstanding potential and a commitment to pursuing careers related to the environment or to pursuing careers related to tribal public policy or health care, according to a prepared release. 

Clote is an honors junior agribusiness management and marketing major in Bumpers College. She currently serves as president of the Native American Student Association, an organization in which she has been active since freshman year, according to the release. Through her involvement with NASA, she has also helped coordinate Native American Impact Day, an event that brings prospective Native American students to visit the U of A. In addition she has volunteered with GroGreen and PRIDE on campus, and she is regularly involved with TriCycle Farms. Clote has also been an active volunteer at the Osage Nation Boys and Girls Club and at the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota, according to the release.

Upon graduation, Clote plans to pursue a master’s degree in agricultural economics or agricultural and extension education at the University of Arkansas. She ultimately plans to work for the Osage Nation by focusing on food security and food sovereignty through their Bird Creek Farms project, according to the release.

“I feel blessed to have been chosen for the Udall Scholarship,” Clote said in a press release. “I am very excited to meet the rest of the Udall community in August during orientation. I am so thankful to the University of Arkansas nominating me for this honor.”